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Nice Work by David Lodge
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May 08, 12

Read in May, 2012

Part of the plot of Nice Work is about as cutting edge a novel about academia could be, namely the idea that the humanities need to figure out how to justify their continued existence to the people who pay their bills. In that respect, I think of reading this as an aspect of job preparation for starting work at a British University in the fall.

Another part of the plot seems as dated as one could imagine any aspect of a novel about academia could be: namely the temporary lecturer's (and her partner's) obsession with French literary theory. I would love to read an account of why that theory became so important in Anglo-American English departments in the 80s and 90s. Maybe Terry Eagleton says something about this somewhere?
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